The Congress, which came to power in 2004 by promising free power, will now incur the people’s wrath in the next general elections, CPI district secretary G. Easwaraiah said on Friday.

The Chandrababu Naidu government initiated power reforms and burdened the people by increasing power tariff, claimed three lives in police firing on anti-tariff protesters and paid the price of facing a rout at the hustings, he recalled in a signature campaign and public ballot by the party near Chennur bus stand.

The frequent hike in charges and unbridled power cuts drove the agriculture and industrial sectors into crises, he said.

Mr. Easwaraiah flayed Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy for turning a blind eye to resentment from within the ruling party and Opposition parties.

The party will picket Kadapa Collectorate on January 22 on the issue, he said.

Public ballot was also organised at Balajinagar, ASR Nagar, Mrutyunjayakunta, Yerramukkapalle and NTR Nagar in Kadapa town. CPI city secretary G. Chandra and leaders L. Nagasubba Reddy, N. Venkatasiva, Bogadi Setty, Prabhakar and Nagi Reddy participated.